MA in Balkan Studies

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

At the University of Pécs you may acquire practical and professional knowledge, as well as its theoretical foundations which enable you to find employment in the public and private sector, standing your ground, thanks to useful attainments regarding the Balkan region. Familiarity with Balkan languages is also part of the training and special attention is paid to the fact that you can continue your studies in this field through a doctorate course.

Head of program: Prof. Dr. Norbert Pap

Master of Arts in Balkan Studies
Duration of Training
2 years (4 semesters)


Deadline of Application

Next Starting Date
Tuition fee: EUR 2500/semester
Application fee: EUR 140
  • Description of the program
  • Application procedure
  • Application requirements
  • Examples of subjects during the studies
  • More information

The training in the Balkan Studies Master's degree program focuses on the current problems and conditions of the region, above all from Hungarian and Central European point of view, with a multi- and interdisciplinary, as well as a critical approach. It is recommended primarily to those who want to specialize their existing qualifications, received in social sciences or humanities, with general and practical knowledge of the region, as well as with language skills. The preparedness of the teaching staff is a guarantee that our graduates can start from a strong position to find jobs in the fields of diplomacy, national security, national defense, Southeast European economy, and international NGO organizations.  

Human and Social Sciences
Academic Level/Type

Skype/ MS Teams interview 

The interview takes around 10-15 minutes. During this interview our colleagues are going to ask questions about your motivation and interests. The main goal of this discussion is to learn more about your language knowledge, personal skills and scientific interest – to be able to make the right decision to help our multicultural and open-minded community and academic integrity.

For a successful application please follow the steps below:

  1. To apply, click on the Apply Now button, and start your application.
  2. Register on our application site, fill the application form, upload the necessary documents and submit your application!
  3. After you have submitted your application, you are going to receive information on the further steps.
  4. If we received your application fee, we are going to start the evaluation of your application.

The applicant has to submit the following documents by uploading them to the online application portal of the University of Pécs:

  • Certified and translated (if originals are not in English) copy of BA diploma in relevant field (major or minor) - with transcript of records.
  • Certified and translated (if originals are not in English) copy of school transcripts showing satisfactory completion of senior high school.
  • Europass CV in English
  • Motivation letter (introduction plus field of interest, etc.) in 3000 to 3500 characters.
  • Copy of valid passport or national ID
  • Medical certificate, (please fill the document and attach the serologic test results)
    • vaccination card (showing that you are immunized against HEP B)
    • HEP A/B/C test*
    • HIV test*
    • Chest X-ray: Please attach the chest’s X-ray result (not the film!) in English/Hungarian! (not older than 3 months)
  • Transfer receipt of the EUR 140 application fee
  • Acceptable online language exams:
    • Duolingo online exam from score 105-115 
    • IELTS Indicator from score 5.5
  • Official copy of the following language exam certificates:  
  • Entrance Exam (personally or via Skype)

*Please note: tests have to be taken within a year!

1st semester
Introduction to Balkan studies
Space – History – Balkans
Cultural heritage and identity in the Balkans
2nd semester
The political and institutional system of the states of Southeastern Europe
Relationships between ethnicity and religion, minority groups in the Balkans
Contemporary culture in the Balkans
3rd semester
The Ottoman conquest and its consequences
Climate change, water policy - responses in the Balkans
Country studies
4th semester
Conflict zones and peace-building in the Balkans
Field trip (current situation of the region, international environment)
Balkan languages (Croatian, Serbian)

If you have any questions about the program, please contact:

Dr. Péter Reményi
Associate professor
Head of the program
Prof. Dr. Norbert Pap

For further information please contact:
international coordinator
Phone: + 36 72 501 600/64127; +36 30 186 1686
English website of the Faculty